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Royal Museum in Edinburgh

Overview

2021 Update - The Royal Museum is open. Entry is free but tickets must be pre-booked via their website

The Royal Museum is attached to the Museum of Scotland. Whilst the Museum of Scotland is focused on telling the story of Scotland and its people, the Royal serves as a more traditional museum with exhibits that feature artefacts from around the World, as well as the crowd pleasing dinosaur skeletons. Always a winner with children. 

The Royal is a beautiful Victorian building with a large "atrium" covered by a glass ceiling that is supported by an elegant ironwork frame work. It is worth a visit just to take in the architecture of the building.

There are 3 levels of exhibits that feature the more conventional museum subjects along with a frequently changing theme of exhibitions that often have a Scottish angle, or which reflect something that is of current interest.

Between the Royal Museum and the Museum of Scotland there is the excellent “Connect” exhibition of interactive science displays that children will love. “Connect” features a full size Formula 1 race car simulator, a NASA space capsule, an old steam train, functioning hot air baloons, robots and lots more.

It's also a nice place to grab a coffee if you need to duck out of the rain, but the cafe is quite expensive for food.

Address:

Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Operated by:

National Museums of Scotland

Opening Hours:

10.00 am to 5.00 pm everyday

Admission:

Free

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English information boards

Accessibility:

Yes, floors are connected by lifts

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Café Delos and Soupson Snack Bar, both situated on Ground floor.

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